Top news and merchandising and marketing trends unfolding with grocery consumer brands in beverages, natural and organicsnacks, condiments and more.


Sales of Baby Food Rise Amid Infant-Formula Shortage, Numerator Finds

Data reveals monthly sales of baby food are up 58% vs. a year ago—the highest level in many years, the Chicago-based company said.


Bolthouse Farms to Acquire Starbucks Juice Brand

The purveyor of functionality-focused beverages (and carrots) said the acquisition of Starbucks' Evolution Fresh brand extends its commitment to offering "high-quality, nutrient-dense juices."

The president also launched a new initiative, Operation Fly Formula, that OKs the use of Department of Defense commercial aircraft to pick up overseas product that meets U.S. health and safety standards.

As consumers show concern for stockouts of baby formula, Abbott has entered into a consent decree with the FDA on the necessary steps to resume production and maintain its Michigan plant that shut down earlier this year.

Retail leaders and manufacturers discussed with the president what they're doing to combat a nationwide baby-formula shortage that saw out-of-stocks spike to 43% for the week ended May 8.

An October 2021 Consumer Brands-Ipsos poll found that 85% of Americans want to see the government take a stronger hand in stopping THC copycats.

CPG demand has remained strong as many Americans continue to work from home more than they did pre-pandemic—but that's exacerbating existing and emerging supply-chain challenges, Consumer Brands says.

The veteran in the produce and beverage industries has more than two decades of experience in supply chain management, operations and continuous improvement from PepsiCo and most recently, Wonderful Citrus.

Increased inflation will have shoppers steering away from premium products in favor of more mainstream items, including private label, an IRI webinar reports.

"I think one thing that is probably a bit of a surprise to companies that want to get started, that want to take action, is that they can’t stop at just the final packaging," says Boma Brown-West, a Whirlpool veteran, mechanical engineer and current director of consumer health at the Environmental Defense Fund.

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